There are few online reviews for the Earth Origins Market (formerly Mother Earth Market) East Silver Springs Boulevard and 76th Boulevard locations, but there are some for the 13th Street location. Nine Google Mappers give it a three-star average, and five Yelpers give it a four-star average:
Head chef Massimo Patano first began working at his family’s butcher shop in the port city of Bari, Italy at age 9, fully committing to a career as a chef when he turned 14. From there, he worked in kitchens across Italy and the United States, even serving as a personal chef for Sophia Loren. Although he remains true to his culinary roots by featuring a large number of traditional Italian dishes on the menu, he also incorporates influences from France, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Sea of Tranquility. Platefuls of bowtie pasta in aged balsamic cream sauce can appear alongside seared duck breast with pomegranate-pinot-noir coulis or green-tea-crusted ahi tuna with ginger as crystallized as quartz. To accompany meals, the restaurant also features an extensive wine list, which earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence every year from 2006 to 2010 as well as the Best of Award of Excellence in 2011. Although it boasts a number of food-friendly reds from northern and southern Italy, the list includes hidden gems and perennial favorites from virtually every major wine-producing region except the subterranean vineyards in Antarctica.
ReNew Life helps clients take charge of their own health with a line of probiotics, enzymes, and cleanses derived from natural ingredients. As company founder, certified nutritional consultant Brenda Watson draws from an extensive background in wellness and nutrition, having authored books on detoxification and weight loss and served as president of the International Association of Colon Therapists. Her thorough knowledge of the digestive system and passion for promoting long-term health led Watson to develop her own line of nutritional supplements.
Unlike the air we breathe, which trees distill from old tire swings, each of ReNew Life's products is derived from raw, all-natural ingredients. Clients can repopulate their gut with good bacteria through probiotics, cleanse their liver with detox supplements, and boost their diet with artificial additive-free Fiber Smart smoothies and capsules. In addition to keeping their digestive tracts fit and healthy, shoppers can stock up on products designed to solve any number of health issues, from smoking addiction to loss of energy.
The Pint and Brew corrals pale ales, stouts, pilsners, and wheat beers from area breweries, providing visitors with a one-stop shop for Tampa Bay's brews. Here, customers can belly up to the 42-foot wooden bar inside the 1,400-square-foot facility, sipping on beers from local craft breweries, including Barley Mow Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, 7venth Sun Brewery, and Saint Somewhere Brewing Company. No matter the brew, The Pint and Brew's staff members love talking beer and are happy to strike up a conversation. However, they also encourage patrons to participate in games of shuffleboard, ring toss, or Duck, Duck, Gose.
Though he spent years in directorial positions at New York City's American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Pergola always felt that his passion truly lay in the creation of food. In 2003, Peter harnessed that epicurean love with his 10 years of Tampa food-service experience. And, since East Lake Cafe's inception, he and his family have worked to introduce a range of clientele to his eatery and its welcoming outdoor patio, where clay-top tables sit surrounded by tropical plants and umbrellas that keep food safe from any ravenous paratroopers. Inside the patio's island-like atmosphere, the Pergola family maintains an open invitation to pets, adding to the emphasis on maintaining familiarity with regulars and with those who soon may be.
Peter's menu blends casual American-style recipes with Mediterranean flavors, which influence everything from his gourmet burgers to his seafood dishes and all-day breakfast offerings. When it comes time for dessert, exquisitely presented baked goods from affiliate Cakes by Nomeda make the plates they're served on feel underdressed. The Lithuanian-born dessertier fashions each of her aesthetically pleasing edibles using ideas from her European bakery training, decorating each using her experience doing makeup for cake impersonators. Each dish tops off meals with a sweet element that combines thoughtful flavor with art, making them pair particularly well with Peter's savory creations.
The distinctive harmonies of karaoke choirs pour out of Rum Runners until 3 a.m. every night, drowning out the din of a digital jukebox and the clinks of the bar's bowling pins and pool balls. Rum Runners lures in patrons with its devotion to late-night revelry: an elevated, tinsel-fringed karaoke stage houses a live DJ and flat-screen prompter with cues for air-guitar solos, and patrons weave past arcade games and poker tables on their way to the stocked bar. There, mixologists concoct the namesake rumrunner and dole out a dozen domestic and imported draft beers.